Whether a child is unhappy with the shape and appearance of their ears, or an adult is wanting to correct a prior ear reshaping surgery, otoplasty is a common procedure that can restore confidence and improve facial symmetry.
What is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty, also known as ear reshaping or ear surgery, is a widely used procedure that can correct, reshape, or reposition the ear for a desired effect. Even the smallest adjustments have been proven to drastically change appearances and can have profound improvements in both an individual’s confidence and their self-esteem. At Bluewater Plastic Surgery, otoplasty is a popular procedure that provides patients with instant results.
How does Ear Reshaping work?
Depending on the desired outcome, there are a few techniques that allow surgeons to reshape and adjust the positioning of the ears. All methods result in minimal scarring and are stitched behind the ear or within the inner creases making it virtually impossible to see. A good surgeon will develop an individualized technique for your procedure and take extra care not to distort other structures and to avoid an unnatural appearance.
The procedure itself can take anywhere from one to two hours and is performed according to your custom-tailored treatment plan.
Who is a good candidate for Ear Surgery?
At Bluewater Plastic Surgery, we recommend otoplasty only for healthy individuals that do not have any known life-threatening illness or untreated chronic ear infections. Individuals should also be without any medical conditions that can the impair healing process and recovery time. The unique plans for your ear revision can address conditions such as macrotia, protruding ears and even prior trauma like burns and bites.
Otoplasty for children
As much as we wish it weren’t true, fact of the matter is that kids are known to taunt and tease others based on their appearances. We understand the damage and harm that can do to a child’s self-esteem when left unaddressed. Since the ear cartilage is close to being fully developed around age five, we are pleased to offer this advanced procedure to children that are unhappy with their ears and display positive emotion towards the surgery. It is important to talk with your child and reassure that they desire to have the surgery for themselves and not to appeal to the opinions of others.
Otoplasty for adults
For adults, we offer a range of techniques that can either correct problems from a prior ear surgery or address reshaping and repositioning for the first time. In all our ear surgery consultation appointments, we look for patients with positive mindsets and realistic goals.
As important as it is for us to ensure you are a good fit for the procedure, it is equally important to find and select a surgeon that is trustworthy and board-certified.
Ear Surgery in North Florida
Our own Dr. Clark is a highly respected professional that treats all patients with the best care. He is also an active member of two prestigious professional societies for board-certified plastic surgeons: the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASPS). Schedule your ear reshaping surgery consultation today to see if you could be next on our list for a symmetrical, more balanced overall appearance.